Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Tropes in the Romance Genre with Recs!

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @ Our love of lists inspired this weekly meme, and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will post our topic based on that topic. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have any ideas for the prompt. This week, our topic is an old TTT Topic Topic freebie, and so I’m going with genre tropes I love which I’ve seen used before. I’m focusing on Romance today.

1- Online but they know each other in real life

Rec: Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

2- Grumpy X Sunshine

Rec: The Love Hypthosis by Ali Hazelwood

3- Enemies to Lovers

Rec: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

4- Misunderstandings

Rec: Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

5- Freinds to Lovers

Rec: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz,

6- Fake Dating

Rec: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

7- Siblings Best Freind

Rec: Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur

8- There’s Only One Bed

Rec: Deliliah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

9- He falls first

Rec: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

10- Soul Mates

Rec: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

Let’s Discuss

What are your favorite romance tropes? Do you have any recs for me based on mine?


In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren (Review)

In a Holidaze is a Romance novel by Christina Lauren that came out in October 2020. The story follows Maelyn Jones and her family as they celebrate the family with friends. 


I’m not a big romance reader, but when I read a romance, it needs to have great characters. They filled In A Holidaze with characters who you want to read about and root for. I related to Mae as a character because I could feel her struggle with her job. The supporting cast was very fun, and their banter added to the story. 


In A Holidaze follows a story that is similar to the movie Groundhog Day. Mae relives the day that she kissed Theo, and she can’t get out of it. The problem is that Mae has a crush on Andrew’s brother Theo as well, so the drama becomes the focus of the story. There is also the side story of the family who brought the cabin where they stay for the holidays and selling it, so the characters are dealing with that as well. Holiday antics and shenanigans make In A Holidaze the perfect holiday read because it has family, friendships, and romance. 


This was my first book by Christina Lauren. I found the writing great and matched the tone of the store. In A Holidaze was a novel filled with light and fun humor, told with a light and fun tone. There were scenes that were real, and heavy, and those were told with a serious tone. A combination of light and fun, mixed with heavy and serious tones makes this a fantastic read. 


There are two romances in this book. I saw Mae and Theo have more chemistry. Over the course of the story. I preferred the romance between the two of them, and they were more interesting to read about. Mae and Andrew just didn’t have the chemistry I wanted to see. In my opinion, the romance could have just had a little more over the course of the story. 

Recommend for / Enjoyment

 I recommend this book if you enjoy a romance books, or if you’ve read a Christina Lauren book in the past. I did enjoy this book, but some of the elements of the book just didn’t do it for me.